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 **Rusalka** ​ is term used to describe a type of water [[fae|fae]],​ [[demons|demon]],​ or spirit that haunts the shores of freshwater rivers and lakes in order to lure people to their death. Rusalka almost always appear as beautiful women and share many similarities to Mermaids and [[sirens|Sirens]]. **Rusalka** ​ is term used to describe a type of water [[fae|fae]],​ [[demons|demon]],​ or spirit that haunts the shores of freshwater rivers and lakes in order to lure people to their death. Rusalka almost always appear as beautiful women and share many similarities to Mermaids and [[sirens|Sirens]].
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 +===== Brief Description:​ =====
 +In Folklore and Mythology, A Rusalki is a beautiful water-fae like creature that inhabits the shores and shallows of freshwater lakes, streams, and rivers. Using her enticing beauty and song, the Rusalka will lure her victim to into the water in order to drown and consume her target. When properly courted, a Rusalka may bring fertility to crops and humans. Rusalki have been described as both solitary and group-oriented in traditional folklore. ​
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 +A singular creature is called a Rusalka. Two or more are called Rusalki. ​
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 +=== Country of Origin: ===
 +Folklore on Rusalki is found primarily in Eastern Europe, including the countries of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Poland.
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 +=== Habitat: ===
 +Rusalki are found alongside freshwater lakes, streams, creeks, and riverbeds.
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 +Many Rusalki favor water sources surrounded by willows and birch trees, which are said to be particularly significant to the rusalki who will often climb and pose naked in the trees while they sing or comb their hair to lure their victims to them.
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 +=== Diet: ===
 +Rusalki are most known for their preference for seducing and drowning human men. They typically prefer solitary individuals caught alone in the evening, night, or early morning, and lure their chosen victim through their ethereal beauty and enchanting song to the water way.
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 +=== Additional Information:​ ===
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 +In folklore and mythology, a rusalki may exist as a fae-like creature or be created from an unnatural or untimely death of a human woman near a freshwater source.
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 +**Unnatural Death:**
 +Many stories hold that a human woman can become a rusalka due to an untimely death in a fresh water source. However, the cause of death must be specific in order to create a rusalka: suicide or murder via drowning contributed to an unhappy marriage or an unwanted pregnancy.
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 +In most stories, while the woman will gain the unnatural powers and hunger for human flesh of the rusalki, she is not immortal and will die after her remaining human lifespan is up. These human-born rusalki can also be put to rest should the woman’s death be avenged. ​
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 +**Fertility Powers:**
 +Fertility powers are often attributed to the rusalki, specifically with agriculture in mind. Rusalki are said to be able to leave their water sources to bring morning dew and rains to the crops of those that treat them kindly. ​ An angered rusalka might cause the wilting of crops by preventing rain or water flow to benefit the crops. ​
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 +===== Physical Characteristics:​ =====
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 +Rusalki typically take the appearance of supernaturally beautiful women. While many stories hold that the rusalka will appear in a form most desirable to her chosen target, others hold that the beauty of a rusalka is so breathtaking it is impossible to resist.
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 +Red is considered a common hair color for Rusalki. When wet, the rusalka’s hair may become thick and tangled like a dense patch of reeds. The rusalka’s skin is also said to become particularly slippery when wet, making it impossible for a victim to overcome his attacker using physical strength.
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 +====== Common Powers: ======
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 +Powers among Rusalki vary, but frequently include:
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 +  * Ability to Breath Water
 +  * Ability to control water flow
 +  * Ability to control rain
 +  * Increased Lifespan
 +  * Enchanting, Supernatural,​ Ethereal Beauty
 +  * Sexual Aura 
 +  * Glamour, Limited Shapeshifting
 +  * Fertility, Granting Power
 +  * Enchanting Voice, Siren song
 +  * Intoxicating dance, song
 +  * Increased physical strength
 +  * Sharpened teeth, nails
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 +**The Rusalki Week:**
 +Many Rusalki are said to become particularly powerful during the week surrounding the Summer Solstice, Late May, or early June. During this week, a Rusalka may be especially enticing and is no longer limited to the water source, able to roam about on land as she chooses. At the end of the week, the Rusalka must return to her freshwater source.
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 +  ​
 +====== Common Weaknesses: ======
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 +Weaknesses among Rusalki vary, but frequently include:
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 +  * Inability to leave waterway
 +  * Weakness to banishment spells
 +  * Weakness to religious objects
 +  * Weakness to garlic
 +  * Weakness to Wormwood
 +  * Weakness to pins, fire pokers, magic circles
 +  * Pollution
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 +====== Presence on the Manta Carlos Islands and Starlight Academy: ======
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 +Due to the variety of freshwater springs, lakes, and sources on the island, most Rusalki are able to wander the island freely and without limit. An apartment complex outside of the residential district that was built above a fresh-water spring is home to several rusalki who perform a festive dance at the beginning of summer.
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 +There are several dorms in the academy situated above or close to freshwater sources that Rusalki students are often able to request in order to accommodate their needs.
  
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